One of the most remarkable things about President Obama's tenure is that he hasn't listened to the public, acting as though his election was a blank check. Until now.

His sea legs swept away by the gusher of Gulf oil, the president's claims that he's been on top of the situation since "Day One" haven't fooled anyone. So he suddenly seems to have adopted a policy of responding instantly and directly to public criticism. It's almost as though he's following orders to regain lost credibility.

His three trips to the Gulf came after broadsides that he hadn't done and cared enough. Just last week, after more criticism, he finally met with families of the 11 men lost in the explosion back on April 20.

Encouraged to show anger, he immediately vowed to "kick ass." And only after reports surfaced that he had never talked with the head of BP did he invite company officials to the White House for a meeting this week.

Seen through rose-colored glasses, the moves could be a sign that he's learning. On the other hand, it's frightening that he needs to be instructed in such basic tenets of leadership.

Michael Goodwin is a New York Post columnist and Fox News contributor. To continue reading his column, click here.

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Michael Goodwin is a Fox News contributor and New York Post columnist.